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Yes, Sweden Is a Paradise Lost—but Not Because of Immigration


In a whirlwind of rumors, Sweden has come to occupy a central role, cast as the innocent, naive, white country in the North that has collapsed because of its own goodness.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE
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Donald Trump’s Modern-Day Gestapo


The Republican Party’s professed reverence for family values doesn’t apply to undocumented immigrants.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE

Broken Dreams









Posted on Apr 20, 2017 ENLARGE

10 Myths About Immigration in the United States


Here’s a list of common misconceptions—plus information to separate fact from fear.

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 READ MORE

John Oliver on Why We Should Pay Close Attention to the Upcoming French Election (Video)

France is on the verge of committing a nativist mistake comparable to those the United States and Britain made in 2016, the “Last Week Tonight” host says.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

A Search for Justice in ‘Finding Oscar’


The documentary traces the story of a 1982 massacre of a Guatemalan village to a trial three decades later, with human rights advocates as the heroes.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Wall: How Much Money Does the Government Have for It Now?


Answer: $20 million. That’s enough to cover the cost of seven miles of wall.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Syria Attack Tramples Many Laws


President Trump’s assault on Syria was illegal under both U.S. and international law, and the American mainstream media’s celebration of his rush to judgment sent him a frightening message: Bombing makes you popular.

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 READ MORE

The Forgotten History of U.S. Deportations to Mexico in the 1930s (Video)

Francisco Balderrama, author and professor of American history and Chicano studies, explains why we must revisit this history in light of President Trump’s immigration policy.

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Pope Francis Puts Migrant Rights Front and Center—and Some Americans May Not Like It


The head of the Catholic Church has chosen to battle anti-migrant forces, despite divisions his position could create among his U.S. followers.

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Covering Immigration Stories in the Age of Trump

Claudia Núñez, digital director at Hoy, the Los Angeles Times’ Spanish-language newspaper, met with Truthdig to discuss reporting on immigration and ways to humanize the issue.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Holocaust Survivor Bernard Marks on the ‘Travesty of Justice’ in Trump’s America (Audio)

Marks, whose speech at a California immigration forum in March went viral, draws parallels between the U.S. today and Germany in the 1930s.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

A New, Progressive Form of Federalism Is Spreading With the GOP in Control


To derail Donald Trump’s domestic agenda, the left is bolstering the autonomy of states and cities to protect minorities, the poor, the undocumented and our ecosystems.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE

New Supreme Court Era Begins as Neil Gorsuch Is Sworn In


The 113th justice could make an immediate impact on cases dealing with religious freedom, gun rights and immigration.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 READ MORE

U.S. Policies Created the Immigration Problem. Scapegoating Immigrants Makes It Worse.


Donald Trump and his GOP cohorts are using the issue to distract and divide U.S. workers while the ruling class exploits them.

Posted on Apr 9, 2017 READ MORE

Immigration Agency Will Lose Millions Because It Can’t Process Visas Fast Enough


Fees to expedite worker visas pay for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ efforts to digitize. But the agency can’t keep up with demand, forcing it to suspend its cash cow.

Posted on Apr 8, 2017 READ MORE

Immigrant Scapegoating Didn’t Start Under Trump—It Was ‘Greatly Accelerated’ Under Clinton

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and columnist Bill Blum discuss the history of scapegoating immigrants for crimes, as well as former President Bill Clinton’s role in Donald Trump’s immigration policies.   

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

‘Building the Wall’: Staging America’s Worst Immigration Nightmare


Playwright Robert Schenkkan sounds the alarm about a scenario he says “absolutely” could come to pass in the United States.

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 READ MORE

The United States of Immigrants


The resistance of sanctuary cities, counties and states reminds us that the Constitution protects all people in our country.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE

As Deportation Fears Rise, a Community in New Mexico Trains for Resistance


In Las Cruces, a group is teaching nonviolent opposition to Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids after about 20 residents were recently detained by agents.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE

‘Sanctuary Cities’ and Black Community Control of the Police


President Trump’s offensive against the undocumented is inseparable from his plans to forcefully pacify black America.

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 READ MORE

Gathering for a ‘Day of Play’ on Cesar Chavez Day (Multimedia)

A community comes together at Woodrow Wilson High School in the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles to unconventionally heal trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder among immigrants.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

A Community Terrorized: Immigration Crackdown Could Destroy the Social Fabric of the U.S. (Audio)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer discusses the trauma of undocumented immigrants with Victor Narro, an immigration and labor attorney and project director at the UCLA Labor Center. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Archbishop José Gomez: We All Share Blame for America’s Broken Immigration System


The head of the Los Angeles Archdiocese believes the solution must balance love and law with justice and mercy—regardless of legal status.

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 READ MORE

Is Trump Waging a Stealth War of Retaliation Against Sanctuary Cities?


Evidence suggests aggressive sweeps are being aimed at jurisdictions that limit collaboration with federal immigration authorities.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE

Taking a Closer Look at Immigration (Video)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer hosts a discussion on immigration policy and its effect on human rights.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Bill Clinton Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Ugly Immigration Policies


Our 42nd president contributed a substantial share to the nation’s pattern of xenophobia.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE

Somali-Born Writer Boyah Farah Blasts Trump Ban on Refugees From His Country (Transcript)

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks about the president’s “tribal rhetoric” with author Boyah Farah and discusses how Farah uses nonfiction to combat refugee stereotypes. Transcript added.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Local Leaders in Los Angeles Stand Up to Trump’s Anti-Immigration Plan


Rather than go along with the president’s program, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city officials have intensified their opposition.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE

Children Detained 500 Days and Counting in U.S. Immigrant Detention Centers


Lawyers are calling the heavy-handed approach of immigration authorities toward these youngsters—the youngest is only 3—unprecedented.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 READ MORE

Mexico’s Zapatistas to Use Organic Coffee to Give Trump the Middle Finger


The indigenous resistance group will sell colorfully named “100 percent Zapatista coffee, cultivated in Zapatista lands by Zapatista hands” to raise funds for a cause sure to get under the president’s thin skin.

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 READ MORE

Farmers Suffer From a Shortage of Workers, but Native-Born Americans Don’t Want the Jobs


Although wages for farm work are rising, Trump’s immigration policy is decimating an already tight labor pool, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE

The First Brick in the Wall


The Trump administration has solicited bids for the first $600 million of work on the wall planned for the U.S.-Mexican border.

Posted on Mar 19, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Awkward Meeting With German Chancellor Angela Merkel


President Trump slipped up and called the U.S. a “company,” ignored Merkel’s request for a handshake and said a German reporter’s question was based on “fake news.”

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 READ MORE

Irish Prime Minister Criticizes Trump’s Immigration Policy in White House Speech (Video)

In his St. Patrick’s Day speech Thursday—with the president at his side—Enda Kenny (pictured, right) delved into the history of Irish immigration to the U.S.

Posted on Mar 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Smoke ’Em Out









Posted on Mar 17, 2017 ENLARGE    

Rising Above Racism Is Imperative for Human Societies


Scapegoating immigrants absolves the true culprits—neoliberal capitalism and corporate greed—from blame. But this is too simplistic.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Budget Proposal Puts Border Wall and War Machine First, America’s Most Vulnerable Last


His $1.15 trillion spending plan cuts programs that help those in need while redirecting tax dollars to wage war on undocumented immigrants and boost military funding by billions.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE

What’s Next for California in the Immigration Fight

The Truthdig editorial team sat down with the Rev. Martin Garcia, a grass-roots organizer for the Los Angeles immigrant support group LA Voice.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Get Used to It, America: Brown People Are Here to Stay


Guided by the xenophobic ideology of such advisers as Steve Bannon, President Trump is pushing back against inevitable changes.

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 READ MORE

What Syrian Refugees Think of Trump’s Refugee Ban


A wave of anger reportedly swept through Syrian refugee camps in southern Lebanon after news of the president’s revised travel ban.

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 READ MORE

How Much Does California Value Its Immigrants?

Lawyer and labor rights professor Victor Narro joined Truthdig on Thursday to discuss the state’s response to the president’s immigration crackdown.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Russell Brand Pokes Holes in Trump and Fox News’ Anti-Immigrant Narratives (Video)

“Isn’t it so extraordinary to learn that there’s no real correlation between immigration and violent crime?” the “Trews” host says.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Why Trump’s Revised Executive Order Is Still a Racist Muslim Ban


Whether or not the new travel ban stands up in the courts, it is a piece of sordid bigotry.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 READ MORE

Immigrant Detainees Subjected to Forced Labor in Private Prisons, Lawsuit Claims


The class-action suit also alleges Immigration and Customs Enforcement played a part in violating anti-slavery laws.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE

Sikh American Shot in His Driveway by White Gunman


Sikhs are not Muslim, but they often are targeted in Islamophobic hate crimes.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Administration Weighs Separating Mothers From Children at the U.S.-Mexico Border


Parents could be kept in custody during deportation or asylum hearings, while children would be removed to another setting.

Posted on Mar 4, 2017 READ MORE

Door of Demons [a cartoon from Mexico]









Posted on Mar 4, 2017 ENLARGE

ICE Agents in Police Jackets Seize Undocumented Man Near His Daughter’s School


Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez (pictured) had just dropped one of his children off when Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers arrested him in Los Angeles.

Posted on Mar 3, 2017 READ MORE

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